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50th Annual Governor's HSEM Conference

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6155 Earle Brown Drive Brooklyn Center, MN 55430


An Invitation from the Director

Welcome to the 50th annual Governor’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Conference.
As I begin my work as director of HSEM, I want to personally share how grateful I am to mark this significant milestone with all of you. Fifty years ago the term homeland security did not exist. Emergency management was called civil defense. We have made incredible progress over the last half century to make Minnesota ready for disasters and emergencies and I am anxious to work with each and every one of you keep Minnesota ready. It is encouraging to see so many young people making the decision to work in emergency management. Of course, Minnesotans also rely on the expertise and wisdom of those of you who have been in the profession for some time.
This profession we share requires the partnership of local, regional, state and federal experts. It requires a keen knowledge of the past and an understanding of the needs of the future. In the year since we last met, Minnesota lawmakers passed the state Disaster Assistance Contingency Account and the Railway and Pipeline Safety bill. We experienced first-hand how reporting suspicious activity can prevent possible school violence. And, this fall, state and local partners responsibly planned for Ebola.
These events show the importance of what we do as emergency managers. Thank you for taking the time to add to your already strong set of skills by attending this conference. With your help, we have assembled a wide variety of break-out sessions on all-hazard planning, disaster recovery, public alert and warning, and lessons learned from high-profile incidents and events. As always, HSEM staff members will be available to answer your questions about grants, school safety resources, mitigation funds, training and exercises, and more. Stop by our HSEM booth which will feature new resources to assist you in your daily work.
Learn from each other and from the exhibitors who provide us with the tools to do our job; celebrate the successes of those who have gone above and beyond at our new awards breakfast; most of all, be proud you have chosen a profession that keeps Minnesota ready.  
Joe Kelly
Director, HSEM

Keynote Speakers

The 50th Annual Governor's Conference is proud to present two keynote opportunities which will provide insight and education on high-interest topics to emergency management professionals in Minnesota. 


oil-train_main web.jpgRailway and Pipeline Safety Panel Discussion

Significant progress is being made in Minnesota to effectively implement the new oil rail and pipeline safety legislation. A first-of-its-kind panel will provide information on what this legislation means to your community. Experts from HSEM, State Fire Marshal’s Office of Pipeline Safety, Pollution Control Agency, Department of Transportation, Minnesota’s Board of Firefighter Training and Education, and railroad operators will  describe their agency’s role and responsibility, what actions they have taken, and future milestones.  The facilitator will then open the discussion to answer your specific questions.




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Kurt Schwartz, Massachusetts Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Minnesota hosts many large, high-profile public events and is looking forward to the 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis. Director Kurt Schwartz will discuss the actions taken by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) immediately following the Boston Marathon bombings in April 2013. These actions include alerts and warnings, public information, emergency operations centers, agency support to local governments and working with senior elected officials.


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The 50th Annual Governor's HSEM Conference is being held  Feb. 10 - 12, 2015 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center,  6155 Earle Brown Drive Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
A block of rooms has been reserved for February 8, 2015 - Feb. 13, 2015. The special room rate will be available until January 23rd or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Please visit the


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